Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Success!


Like Larry D, I have completed this year's National Novel Writing Month!

My stats: 30 days, 70,000 words, a nearly-complete intermediate children's sci-fi novel to add to my growing collection of unpublished manuscripts--and three daughters who, as members of the Young Writers' Program, made me proud again this year (as they always do).

Now if I could just get one of these danged things published...

:)

9 comments:

Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

Way to go girls! Can't wait to read what you've written!

Melanie B said...

Congratulations! I'm very impressed.

MacBeth Derham said...

I hope you can! I'd love to read it!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Looking forward to publishing... did you know there's an outfit called 'CreateSpace' that publishes, and distributes books through Amazon.com? I don't know if it's DIY in books, and it looks like it is DIY editing. Don't know what the final copy looks like, but it's written on paper!

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Try Xlibris. I've self-published two books there, and neither one is going anywhere. You might even like "Who's Afraid of Madalyn Murray O'Hair." But a good children's sci-fi novel might sell better.

LarryD said...

Good advice on the publishing. My novel is no great work of literature a la Dan Brown, but it was fun to write...

(that's a joke about Dan Brown, btw)

Congrats again, Red. Thanks for your encouragement!

Red Cardigan said...

Thanks all! Appreciate the encouragement and suggestions!

Oh, and congrats again, Larry! :)

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Larry, thanks for the reminder that everything Dan Brown wrote was FICTION. If we all keep that in mind, he's not so threatening. But I'd love to read a novel you wrote to set his fiction in perspective.

Diamantina da Brescia said...

Congratulations to you and your daughters! Seventy thousand words -- wow! I had trouble getting to 50K (I managed to do so at 4:35 PM on Nov. 30), and my draft is only 50-60% finished.

Of course, I have a lot of extraneous filler to edit out (having the protagonist's daughter read Cardinal Suenens' biography of Ven. Edel Quinn, with the text of a couple of chapters of the biography interspersed with the daughter's comments? Really!) as well as a lot of the middle to include. And I let housework and Legion of Mary curia secretary obligations seriously slide while writing my novel. But I feel so relieved. Even if my novel becomes the third of my unpublished novel manuscripts that I have written as an adult, at least I am getting good practice in writing :-)